Originally published in 1997. By drawing on the experiences of children aged 3 to 8 attending schools in Britain, Germany, Iceland, Australia and the USA, the authors of these eleven case studies provide insights into what it means for young children to enter a new language and culture in school. They look at the scope of out-of-school language and learning practices (the role of care givers, siblings and community language classes) and go on to look at the ways in which the teacher can act as mediator of a new language and culture in school. This book helps teachers develop culturally responsive teaching programmes based on an awareness of the knowledge children bring from home and the community. The book will be of interest to early years and primary school teachers working in multilingual classrooms and students.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction Eve Gregory Part 1: Setting the Scene, the Multiple Worlds of Children’s Learning 2. Learning Through Difference: Cultural Practices in Early Childhood Language Socialisation Allan Luke and Joan Kale Part 2: Up to Five: Learning to Live with Different Languages 3. Two Sisters at School: Issues for Educators of Young Bilingual Children Rose Drury 4. Continuities and Discontinuities: Teaching and Learning in the Home and School of a Puerto Rican Five Year Old Dinah Volk 5. Stories from Two Worlds: Bilingual Experiences Between Fact and Fiction Michaela Ulich and Pamela Oberhuemer 6. A Child Writes from Her Everyday Work: Using Home Texts to Develop Biliteracy at School Charmian Kenner Part 3: From Five to Seven: Languages and Literacies in Homes, Schools and Communities 7. Investigating Literacy in London: Three Generations of Readers in an East End Family Ann Williams 8. Learning to Read, Reading to Learn: The Importance of Siblings in the Language Development of Young Bilingual Children Nasima Rashid and Eve Gregory 9. Friends as Teachers: The Impact of Peer Interaction on the Acquisition of a New Language Susi Long 10. Working in Partnership: Parents, Teacher and Support Teacher Together Maureen Turner 11. Why you Don’t Eat Bananas: An Exploration of a Child’s Possible Worlds in Story Inge Cramer 12. From Karelia to Kashmir: A Journey into Bilingual Children’s Story-reading Experiences Within School and Community Literacy Practice Leena Robertson